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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Aug. 2, 2021
SAN DIEGO – Mayor Todd Gloria today secured approval from the City Council on his $293 million plan to fund critical infrastructure projects across the City, including major road repairs and park improvements. The Council’s action helps the Mayor maintain his focus on repairing and upgrading San Diego’s long-neglected infrastructure – including transportation, stormwater, parks, City facilities, public safety and environmental services.
“Repairing the physical infrastructure that our City needs to function at the highest possible level for our residents is one of the top priorities of my administration,” Mayor Gloria said. “These upgrades, repairs and replacements will go a long way toward addressing our infrastructure backlog and moving San Diego forward. I want to thank the members of the City Council for their support of this significant infrastructure investment for the future of our city.”
The funding breaks down into these categories:
- Public safety: $97.7 million
- Mobility and transportation: $59.4 million
- Environmental services: $50.4 million
- Stormwater: $49.6 million
- Parks and recreation: $20.7 million
- City facilities: $14.7 million
- Information technology: $550,000
The public safety funding will allow the City, during the next two years, to replace radio equipment ($56.4 million) and 34 heavy-duty fire trucks ($41.3 million) that have exceeded their useful life. The environmental services funding will allow the City to implement a new refuse and recycling collection system to comply with state requirements to recycle organic waste. The stormwater allocation seeks to restore funding for the City’s aging stormwater infrastructure, which faces a backlog of over a billion dollars over the next five years.
Nearly half of the funding for transportation upgrades – $28.4 million – will go to Mayor Gloria’s “Sexy Streets” initiative, which prioritizes road repairs in historically underserved communities. This funding supplements the roughly $10 million for road repair that Mayor Gloria included in his unanimously approved budget.
Specific projects slated to receive funding include:
- $11 million to reconstruct Gold Coast Drive and Parkdale Avenue in Mira Mesa
- $4 million to realign Alvarado Road in the College Area
- $2.7 million to repair the roof of the federal building in Balboa Park
- $2.1 million to improve public access to the coast at Bermuda Avenue in Ocean Beach
- $12.6 million to help renovate the Botanical Building in Balboa Park
- $1.7 million to plan the new Chollas Triangle Park in El Cerrito
- $1.6 million for Hickman Fields Athletic Area in Kearny Mesa
- $940,000 for libraries in Ocean Beach and San Carlos
- $250,000 for the fire station in Skyline Hills
- $40,000 for Wightman Street Neighborhood Park in City Heights
- $10.3 million to install or upgrade streetlights
- $4.8 million to repair sidewalks
- $280,000 to improve guard rails
- $30.4 million to improve drainage
- $18.7 million for watershed management